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Thread: C.O.W. - #130: Household Pest - VOTING!

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    ROUND #130 VOTING

    Topic: Cave Dweller


    Deadline for the voting: Monday, 02 February 2009


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    Artist: Jack Nugget

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    Artist: Bralt Hannicart

    Concept: Bulbeater
    The first Bulbeater eggs were brought back home after an interstellar space mission to locate alien lifeforms on planet Rah in the year 2312. The specimens were subjected to many tests and examinations by Dr. Lawrence Reise. Unfortunatly he forgot to write down all the results because he was always very...very drunk.

    One day, the eggs had hatched but the lifeforms were nowhere to be found. Days went by and Reise was unable to locate them until suddenly, during a sober moment, he noticed that the lightbulbs in the lab were not shining as bright as they used to. One of the critters was blocking the light from a bulb while hanging from the ceiling. It made Dr. Reise wonder why, in these modern ages, mankind still used these archaic lightsources but he quickly forgot about that and returned to his binge drinking and Bulbeater examinations.

    Reise found out that the critters have a special metabolism which allows them to "feed" on light and heat from the bulbs. Special cells equiped with chlorophyl on its "belly" and vein-like organs around its "mouth" allows the Bulbeater to do so. It has heat vanes that quickly cool down the critter if things get too hot and two strong arms to cling to the ceiling. In and around it's mouth, the Bulbeater produces a smelly saliva that cools down the areas of it's body that touches the bulb. The saliva smells like concentrated onions and rotten meat making these pests even more annoying to have in the house while having over friends and/or relatives for a nice calm night of poker or Guitar Hero CXII on the Cyberbox 3000 GameStation, for example. Reise also found out that these critters are very strong and can sting with their small tail spike when touched. Trying to remove them always results in destroying the lamp, parts of the ceiling and a nasty infection from it's sting. The smell can linger for years after succesfully removing a Bulbeater.

    Unfortunatly for Reise, Bulbeaters breed like rabbits and they quickly spread out from the lab. In less than a year, our entire planet got infested with these pests. Though harmless, they can leave homes in the dark if not dealt with quickly. Even streetlamps, neonlights and other lightsources are "preys" for the Bulbeater.

    Reise was arrested while screaming "I'm...ze...innocent you!...idi-idiots...shizz happ...fens!" Needless to say, Reise left behind a penetrating alcohol stench and a pandemic infestation of Bulbeaters. Thank you, Dr. Reise. Thanks a lot.
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    Concept: Toiletbowl-harpoonist
    This beast crawls into people's toilets with it's small three-toed legs and sticks the tail in the hole. Then it waits, and harpoons it's victim with it's sharp tounge.
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    Artist: Nadiamoon

    Concept: Crocosaurus
    This is a household pest that attacks not just crops, food, livestock, but also other household pests.
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    C.O.W. - #130: Household Pest - VOTING!

    Artist: Chris G

    Concept: Mane Pormose

    Common Name: Mane Pormose / meyn 'pɔr məs /

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Mammalia
    Order: Rodentia
    Family: Muridae

    The Mane Pormose is a very unique breed of mouse, its most defining characteristics being its spikey mane, large eyes and even larger ears for nocturnal navigation. This is a particularly advanced species of mouse, defensively speaking. Their mane is actually made up of tiny quills that much resemble a porcupine's. This makes it particularly difficult for their infants to hitch a ride on their backs, though they compensate by having an excessively long tail for the little ones to cling to.

    In spite of their small size and "cute" disposition these critters can be quite burdensome, having a knack for getting into food supplies and gnawing through important wires (ever wonder why certain outlets in your house don't work?). They also have a tendency to shed their quills while squeezing under doors, making for some unwelcome hidden carpet surprises. Fortunately the quills are not poisonous; They are simply annoying. Still, like most wall-dwelling rodents, they are exceptionally unsanitary when it comes to droppings. Contaminated food should be disposed of immediately and cupboards should be thoroughly cleaned to avoid ailments such as Hantavirus.

    The Mane Pormose tends to breed in small litters (or "mischiefs", i.e. "a mischief of Pormose) consisting of no more than three pups per litter. Being polyestrous, they breed all year round. They have a gestation average of twenty-five days (slightly longer than the common mouse), though larger species of Mane Pormose have been known to gestate for up to 40 days.

    What differentiates them the most from common mice (apart from their quills) are the ornamental whiskers on their feet and ears. These features are simply the flare they use to attract mates. The longer their whiskers are, the more likely they are to mate successfully. Another strange feature of the Mane Pormose is the tendency for slightly older pups to travel with the father to find sustenance, since the mother is usually pregnant and nursing younger pups.

    When domesticated, the Mane Pormose makes for a fairly sociable pet. If they are used to being handled by humans, they will resist the urge to flare up their quills in defense. They are exceptionally quick, however, so be warned if placing them outside of their cage of ANY length of time.
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    Artist: zimfin

    Concept: Golden Flake Bug
    My creature was named the "Golden Flake Bug" after entomologists discovered there species on a secluded island near Indonesia. The entomologists, first discovering the fallen flakes and suspecting they were gold, tracked them to the source, the bugs. They brought them back to Europe for studies but were unable to contain them. Upon their escape the bugs spread, everywhere, and can now be found all over the world eating all kinds of fabrics and materials.

    Studies have since shown that these "Gold" flakes are dropped by the male of the species after mating. The female then eats them, for the special chemicals they contain are necessary for reproduction. They have short life spans, (around 3 Months) but in that time the females can produce up to 6 times, each with eggs numbering in the Hundreds. At their largest, they grow to 2 Inches in length.Golden Flake Bugs are voracious eaters. Mostly, they dine on fabrics, both synthetic and natural.There colonies can be enormous, numbering up to 500,000. They are very fast movers and very sensitive to vibration thanks to the feeler threads on the legs. They are protected by a strong exoskeleton and if speed can't get them out of danger, they will roll into a ball shape and wait out trouble. When rolled into a ball, their armour backed eyes fit snugly into their shell protecting them from harm.
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    Artist: Janos

    Concept: Common Closet-mole (Talpa blattaria)
    The Common Closet-mole is a small-sized, sixlegged mammal spread mostly in central Europe and northern America. It is covered in bluegrey fur and has very lightsensitive eyes. Its size ranges from 10 to 15 centimeters.

    It lives of moths and other small insects found in clothes and other dark corners in closets and wardrobes. He uses his feelers to detect his pray and then uses his long and sticky tongue to catch them. If a cupboard is filled with mothballs it hoards them in a secluded corner of the closet and covers them with his urine to prevent their smell of keeping of moths.

    If threatened it flees to the darkest corner of the closet it currently lives in and rolls up into a neatly shaped ball. It raps its feelers around his fluffy tail and can thus easily be mistaken as a common lavenderbag, used to keep of moths.

    Though the Common Closet-mole is nonhazardous to humans it can be a big nuisance due to the fact that it frequently eats away at woolen jumpers, socks and other clothing. The resulting holes are often falsely attributed to the Common Moth. If taken from its habitual surrounding the Common Closet-mole can be domesticated to a certain degree, though if confronted with wool its natural instincts to destroy are easily reawakened.
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    Concept: Mirpil

    The Mirpil (Dolota myrilla) is a fairly small, rodent-like creature living in in and around cities and human populated areas. They actively search for their food within kitchens and storages, often in small packs. Cunning and combined effort allows them to open cupboards and even fridges, after which they wreak havoc in the food supply. They can store foodstuffs in the large sac underneath their neck, and often move between houses. Despite sporting a pair of fleshy wings, Mirpil prefer to quickly scuttle around on their legs. Mirpil can cause substantional material damage as they search for food, leaving droppings, devouring and destroying food, and leaving a general mess. They are otherwise harmless, and cats will send them fluttering and fleeing.

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    Concept: PlugBug
    Spending most of its time in the plumbing of an unsuspecting household, this creature nests in water piping and absorbs any water that would normally circulate through the tubes. This water is stored in several large organ sacs which inflate along the plugbug's body. In many cases, the bug inflates so much that it may rupture plumbing, causing nasty leakages and flooding. It is recommended that plumbing be inspected regularly for infestations of PlugBugs.
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    Concept: Sock Beetle


    Anobium Serricorne, Commonly known as the Sock beetle, has a colorful extieror to give warning of its poiesonus interior. As indicated by its common name, the sock beetle is a pest of mostly dirty socks. It is attracted to and searches out the salty wet cotton threads. The beetles carry a symbiotic yeast, Symbiotaphrina kochii, that is transmitted to the next generation superficially on the eggs and carried internally in larvae and adults in the mycetome, a specialized organ that is linked to the gut. The yeast cells assist in the digestion of less nutritious foods, supply needed B-vitamins and sterols, and provide resistance to most toxins and pesticides.
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    Concept: Giant Slipper Weevil


    The Ginat Slipper Weevil is hermit-crab-like in that it has a soft squishy body which it protects by adopting a favourite slipper or shoe and crawling inside, it then creates a hole in the sole of said footwear for its own legs to poke out through, lifts the item with its spindly forelimbs and scuttles off to a dark and distant corner where it feels marginally safer.

    If no shoes/slippers are available it will resort to using a sock although this is a desperate measure and missing socks may more commonly be attributed to its aquatic relative (which lives in washing machine pipes and requires less robust protection....)

    If a PAIR of shoes ever goes missing this will be due to the creature performing its mating ritual in which the male displays its great strength to the female by dragging the second shoe as far as possible and leaving it in a desirable spot for the female to move into and lay its eggs.

    Other than hole chewing and footwear theft, their most irritating habit is that of leaving their small gritty droppings in any shoe they have not appropriated, causing the wearer great discomfort and requiring much cursing and hopping on one leg to rectify.

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    Reason: Borderline for a couple of reasons. First would be the 'blob rule': Drawing a blob for a design is not allowed for C.O.W., but the fact that you gave it a little more shape saved you there. Secondly though, the creature is a bit hard to read as the painting itself doesn't solely focus on the creature. However, since it's part of the concept I've let it slide this time.

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    Concept: Artflip also known as Artfart
    In 1978 Albert spiffy created a specie called the Artflip. Mixing dna from several animals the Artflip had the unique capability of changing itself into different kind of shapes but more so different kind of colors. Properly trained the Artflip was capable of changing into real pieces of art. Some of them could even copy the old masters like Rembrandt or Vermeer, others were specialized in impressionism. It became a trend to have one or more Artflips in your home decorating the walls. In june 1986 a virus completely overrun the Artflip population, making them go insane, forgetting all that they've been thought. Nowadays the Artflip sporadically pops up on walls or couches leaving gooey stains.
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